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Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are the Kings of Christmas in Japan

by Joey Davidson | December 27, 2013December 27, 2013 5:30 pm PST

Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

The holidays have been really, really good for Nintendo in its home country. The last several weeks have produced banner numbers for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS, as both systems have occupied the #1 and #2 best seller slots since at least November.

Media Create, a company that tracks sales for gaming hardware and software in Japan, posted the numbers for the week of Dec. 16 through 22. Here’s the breakdown.

  1. Nintendo 3DS XL – 164,078
  2. Wii U – 109,113
  3. Nintendo 3DS – 68,522
  4. PS Vita – 50,087
  5. PlayStation 3 – 24,573
  6. PSP – 9,905
  7. PS Vita TV – 5,504
  8. Wii – 1,711
  9. Xbox 360 – 763

Of course, Nintendo has the benefit of being the newest game in town in the Japanese market. Neither the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One have hit that region of the world yet, so the marketplace hasn’t felt the effects of those consoles.

However, an above 100,000 performance in a single week for the Wii U is tremendous. And, the Nintendo 3DS seeing a combined SKU total 232,600 is also incredible.

Sure, the Wii U is far from “saved,” something a lot of enthusiasts have been throwing around lately. But, the holiday push and the constant presence of the Nintendo 3DS will help Nintendo in a big way.

The Nintendo 3DS is doing exceptionally well internationally. The Wii U? Not so much. But, a lower price point and, currently, much better software catalogue should afford it some success.

Media Create

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...